Here's something I never understood - the big squeal when the Hardy Boyz come out, and especially the squeal when the shirts come off. They're not particularly handsome, their ring style trades mainly on high spots and big bumps, and they sound like they're visiting from the Ozarks (and have improved little in their time with the WWF/WWE). What's the attraction?
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Hmmm.... Since I all ready posted my love for Matt Hardy earlier, I'll try my best...
The reason that *I* like the Hardy Boyz is because they are/were like the underdogs of the tag team division. They carried the belts a number of times, but never got the same credit as Edge & Christian or any other tag team. Maybe it was because they lacked acting skills and mic skills, but it just seemed that they never got their respect. I mean, who won both TLC matches? Edge & Christian, despite the fact that it was known that the greater plan was for Edge to go single.
Sure, their arsenal is viewed as limited, but the daredevil thing is attention grabbing. I think Matt is particularly the better of the two Hardy's when it comes to moveset and will prove himself as a singles wrestler.
They aren't traditionally handsome, but there's this rugged, down home, average, run of the mill handsomeness to them. I have this thing for dark featured men. I love David Blaine too. That's why I like Matt Hardy's look.
Girls scream and faint over them, not women. I'm a grown ass woman, to borrow from Cedric the Entertainer. What would I look like scream for some man taking off his T-Shirt? The men in my REAL LIFE are all pot bellied and I'd sooner scream in horror. So I know I'm not screaming for Matt or Jeff.
Then there's the sensitive side to them... Two guys who lost their mom at a young age, came close to losing their dad, one sews, one is artistic(kinda), and so on and so forth.
I don't get the boy band feel that girls give them, but I do enjoy the Hardys and would love to see them progress and excel in the WWE/F. They have a lot of potential to get better and eventually, the screaming will stop. I hope so anyways.
I do understand the boy band comparison, I don't subscribe to it, although I've daughters who might. They are young, different to anyone else on WWF, Matt is certainly good looking, they like taking risks, and although they look a bit dated now, a few years ago they weren't. They tapped into a look young girls liked.
As for their looks, in my experience most girls don't want men who are or seem to be a lot older than them. At the time there weren't many wrestlers who were that young, and those that were tended to have long flowing locks and not the cleaner look most boy bands have. Randy Orton seems to be producing a similar reaction now. I don't scream at him, but I know a few women who have a heavy sigh.
Girls tend to be drawn to those self-destructive fixer-upper loner types. Plus they're not really into putting girls through tables and all that, and they seem relatively non-threatening, "sensitive" as mentioned above and yet they could probably successfully fight for your honor if need be. (I don't like them, I'm just sayin'.)
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Yeah, I think if I were 12 again, Edge would probably be my fave, & both Hardy's tied for second.
The biggest appeal to that audience demographic has to be that they are young, & they act young. They're doing the raver thing & the extreme sports hobby stuff, & generally displaying that sort of high-energy cool -- their character's ages are more like 17-20, which should be a good target age for early-teen girls. Jeff particularly isn't as threatening to young girls as the big-bad high-testosterone older guys.
Somehow Brockie just doesn't seem to exude that same exuberance of youth -- isn't he actually about the same age as Matt?
Jeff needs some of that sunless tan, he looks like a zombie. Actually I am okay with the Hardys, but they're not exactly mind blowingly sexy. I do admit, that I'm starting to like Matt's new attitude, oops, Mattitude!
I admire Jeff's grace, and that way he never seems to look where he's going when he hurtles off the barricade or the top turnbuckle. That is, I'll admire it until he gets stretchered out someday. I had to give him credit for that ladder match with Undertaker and its aftermath. He has improved his promos a lot over the past year.
Matt...eh. He is so terrible on the mic that it almost negates what he does in the ring. I hope they can do something with him this time.
Probably my fundamental barrier to being a Hardyz fan is the Mom thing. They look like reckless children to me. A lot of the time, I'm thinking, "Yeah, it's all fun and games until someone fractures his cervical vertebrae!"
That doesn't bother me with guys like RVD or Hurricane. not matter how high they fly. They at least look like they have reached the age of consent. ;-)
One other thing that I forgot to mention, that dawned on me during Smackdown.... The Hardy's are one thing that about 97% (my own guesstimation) of the roster isn't--- SINGLE!!
Most young girls are probably home planning out a wedding to either of them, right now. All the men in the WWE/F, with little exception, are married or engaged. Maybe they think they'll have their chance, living out the fantasies of their most sensual FanFic.
On the list of not married men are: Triple H, Shane 'Hurricane' Helms, and the Hardys.
Thanks guys. Emma, you rock! I feel guilty you wrote that huge post because I'm lazy. But I did get a lot out of it. I'm in for the card and flowers. Thursday nights are tough enough, never mind not havnig Angle around.